In Shapr3D everything starts with a sketch. To create one, you will need your Apple Pencil. As easy as it sounds.
Now let's see, how the Sketching flow looks like in the app:
- Use your Pencil and start sketching.
- The Sketching menu will pop-up right away on the left side after you start sketching, or if you select a sketch.
- Use Constraints , Auto-constraints , Snapping , Splines and Trimming (click to know more about those) for a more precise sketching experience.
- After you finished sketching, just tap on an empty surface/closed sketch or the Back button on top of your Sketching menu.
Hint: you can switch to orthographic (2D) mode by double tapping on a plane with your fingers.
Using Apple Pencil
As previouly mentioned, all you need to create your designs is an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil (and Shapr3D, of course). Apple Pencil is a powerful tool in your hands that allows many manipulations with the sketches you intent to create. Here are some useful tips on sketching with your Apple Pencil:
Switching to arcs from a straight line (and back) by wiggling the Pencil
Shapr3D detects your intents. Depending on your sketching moves, it will draw a line or an arc. If Shapr does not recognize your intent properly, you can switch between lines and arcs anytime by wiggling your Apple Pencil. Your line will switch back and forth from straight to curved.
Selecting and dragging endpoints
Tap an endpoint with the Pencil to select it. You will see that the endpoint changed its color to blue. After the point has been selected you would be able to drag it anywhere you want to. To deselect an endpoint, simply tap anywhere on the empty area.
By default all your sketches automatically snap on to the grid. You can turn this option off by tapping the magnet icon in the bottom right corner.
Your goal with sketching is - most of the time - to create closed sketches, which will serve as profiles for Extruding, Sweeping, Lofting, and Revolving. Sketch profile is automatically created when your sketch is closed. When a sketch is closed it will be filled with light blue color.